Uncharted: the Nathan Drake Collection is more than just a remaster

Digital Foundry:

At what point does a remaster become a remake? Remastering involves improving video or audio quality, but fundamentally it is still derived from an existing source. The definition of a remaster in the gaming space is a little vague, but it rarely involves much in the way of new, creative work - it's about enhancing what's already there via higher resolutions and frame-rate boosts. But the release of the latest Uncharted: the Nathan Drake Collection story trailer demonstrates that developer Bluepoint Games is indeed improving and remaking swathes of Naughty Dog's existing assets, respectfully enhancing even incidental detail.

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Genuine-User2773d ago

Bluepoint have done a fantastic job with this collection.

xHeavYx2773d ago

". The number of changes made to the original assets suggests an overhaul exceeding that of The Last of Us Remastered, with many of the improvements reminding us of the level of effort that went into elements of the current-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto 5."

Death2773d ago

This will be a great collection for both existing and new Playstation fans. Way too many games and not enough time between both platforms in the coming months leading into the Holidays.

ABizzel12773d ago

I wonder if they changed some of the gameplay mechanics from the first to match the 2nd and 3rd. It's already a Day 1, but that would be the icing on the cake for me.

KeeseToast2773d ago

They did: "As the studio finalizes work on the collection, it will also roll in the assorted control scheme tweaks, gameplay refinements, and subtle mechanical upgrades that evolved through the series across all three games, bringing them into closer gameplay parity."


UnHoly_One2773d ago

I would hope they would get rid of the sixaxis crap in the first game, but I don't think I would count on it.

XBLSkull2773d ago (Edited 2773d ago )

It is more than a remaster, it's 3 of them. Even Halo 2 Anniversary is just a remaster, a remake is really something quite different, and the scale of visual upgrades is way grander in H2A

Is this game out this year? I'll probably pick it up on discount or something.

WowSoChill2773d ago

Looks like more of a port to me, with the multiplayer cut out


starchild2773d ago

I was planning to get this collection no matter what, but it's nice to see that it has been improved in tangible ways. I can't wait to play through these games again with the improved visuals, 60fps, 1080p and other enhancements.

Cueil2773d ago

wtf are you smoking XBLSkulls? H2A has a completely new engine and allows you to switch, on the fly, between the old engine and the new.

UnHoly_One2772d ago

Those of you disagreeing with me, you actually LIKE tilting your controller to throw grenades?

Don't get me wrong, I loved Uncharted, but that was terrible.

Same with Infamous using it to steer the big lightning strike move. I never found a Sixaxis usage that didn't annoy me.

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GribbleGrunger2773d ago

I find the motion blur comments really odd. Games that run at 30fps use it to give the impression of fluidity but at 60fps it's not needed.

Forn2773d ago

I think motion blur, even just a little, adds to the experience.

ABizzel12773d ago


I'm not a huge fan of it at all, though I will say just a bit is okay.

abstractel2773d ago (Edited 2773d ago )

Motionblur exists in real life, and it's extremely prevelant in movies considering they are shot at 24fps. I think perhaps you are old school and can't accept the new. Yes, 60fps does mean less mblur is needed and that's where a good developer puts in the right amount of mblur. Too much mblur is of course unrealistic, but even at 60fps some objects will move so fast that the eye can't keep up and you should naturally get blur.

So don't blame mblur, blame the developers who use it too much, or too little. Just like cameras, games do their best to simulate what's going on in the eye to display on our 2D screens and every year they get better at it.

xPaYDaYx2773d ago

In pretty much every game I play on my pc, every time I'm in the settings "motion blur" is one of the first things that gets turned off lol. I simply cannot stand it

alabtrosMyster2773d ago

I think it would be preferable, especially when things more really fast... but it's not a necessity like it is at 30fps...

Cueil2773d ago

always turn it off on my PC games... always

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alvgamin4lif2773d ago

Bluepoint are great with ports and remasters. They are pretty talented.

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showtimefolks2773d ago

bluepoint are the best when ones when it comes to remasters. I can't wait to play uncharted collection making these playthrough my 3rd ones

and I would love it just as much. can't wait to see what the original uncharted looks like and especially the gameplay changes or tweaks. (BTW original uncharted was stellar looking for its time and will gain the most by these remasters)

Christopher2773d ago

I'm not sure I'd call this "going above and beyond the usual remaster". It's a good upscale and hits 60fps, but this video comes off more as an advertorial than anything else as it focuses on pointing out things you'd normally not even notice unless they were side by side.

Concertoine2772d ago (Edited 2772d ago )

"...pointing out things you'd normally not even notice unless they were side by side."

That's the digital foundry way.

Overrall the type of improvements made aren't drastically better than say Tomb Raider's Definitive Edition, but this is still 3 games worth of improvements. That is very impressive.

Even Halo MCC had one drastically upgraded game (2) and the other 3 were basically resolution and framerate bumps. It did have multiplayer though.

smashman982773d ago

Blue point always does an excellent job

x_RadicalAura_x2773d ago

I agree with you on this one loud and clear, Nicholas Cage.

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scientificreasoning2773d ago

This is going to be an awesome collection.

XanderZane2773d ago

Yes indeed. This is what I've been waiting for. I own all the original Uncharted games, but I've been dying for a remastered collectors edition. Now if they can do the same thing with Jak & Daxter, I'll be all set. At least give us a new Jak & Daxter game. This is going to be great though.

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sactownlawyer9162773d ago

Already preordered cant wait!

TheGreatGamer2773d ago

Bluepoint have done a good job here, definitely would suggest anyone who hasn't played this fantastic series yet to pick it up or for even those who have played through it, because I know i'll be playing through all 3 again with the remasters. I know some people will disagree, but I'm still upset over the lack of MP (even if they only added UC2 MP which was the best imo) but still worth the money for the SP as that is the meat of the Uncharted series